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Burns are injuries which are predominantly to the skin and superficial tissues (adipose). Burns can be caused by several external factors such as the sun, fire, hot materials and even extremely cold materials. In extreme cases, burns can even affect the bones through high voltage electrical injury. Assessment: The severity of the burn is assessed […]

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What is a ‘Brain Attack’?

Strokes and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are caused by a rupture of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) or thromboembolism (ischemic stroke) in the Circle of Willis (blood supply for the brain). This occlusion or rupture ultimately leads to a lack of blood and subsequently reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the tissue distally to the […]

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What is Hypoglycemia?

Causes of the Condition: Hypoglycemia is a clinical syndrome where low plasma glucose concentrations lead to signs and symptoms which can be completely resolved when plasma glucose concentration is increased. There are several causes depending on whether the patient is diabetic or non-diabetic. Diabetic patients require manual administration of insulin subcutaneously to keep blood sugar […]

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Quick Tips for Effective CPR

QUICK TIPS FOR PROVIDING CPR: 30 COMPRESSIONS: 2 RESCUE BREATHS @ RATE OF 100-120 COMPRESSIONS PER MINUTE (APPROXIMATELY 2 PER SECOND) DEPTH = 1/3 OF CHEST WALL (APPROXIMATELY LENGTH OF CASUALTY’S THUMB) 5 CYCLES IN 2 MINUTES (COUNT COMPRESSIONS & CYCLES OUT LOUD) PLACE THE HEAL OF ONE HAND ON THE LOWER HALF OF THE […]

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